Wolfhound History and Lineage
The 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry was activated 12 February 1901 into the Regular Army at Fort McPherson, Georgia. In December, the Battalion deployed to the Philippines to defeat Moro insurgents on the island of Mindanao. After the Moro's defeat, the Battalion deployed to Camp Sheridan, Illinois in 1904.
After service in Cuba, Texas, and again in the Philippines, the Battalion sailed to Vladivostok, Siberia in 1918 as part of the Allied Expeditionary Force. One of their missions was to guard the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which often resulted in combat with communist Bolsheviks. While in Russia, the Battalion earned its nickname "The Wolfhounds," because of its aggressive pursuit of retreating Bolshevik forces.
In 1921, after brief stays in Japan and the Philippines, the Wolfhounds made their home at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii, where they earned an enviable reputation in training and athletic prowess. In August 1941, they became part of the 25th Infantry Division. On December 7, 1941, Wolfhounds fought back against Japanese aircraft from its D-Quad rooftops. As part of the Tropic Lightning Division, the 1st Wolfhounds fought through the Southwest Pacific at Guadalcanal, the Northern Solomons, and finally, the island of Luzon in the Philippines, where the Battalion earned a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
After World War II, the Battalion served a occupational forces in Japan. They earned their nickname the "Gentle Wolfhounds," for their loving support of the Holy Family Orphanage in Osaka, which continues to this day.
In July 1950, the Battalion, as part of the 25th Infantry division, deployed to South Korea to defeat the North Korean invasion. Their actions near Sangyong-Ni earned the first Presidential Unit Citation of the war. During the defense of the Pusan Perimeter, the Wolfhounds became known as the Eighth Army's "Fire Brigade" for their rapid and violent counter-attacks. For the defense of Taegu, they earned a second Presidential Unit Citation. After the Chinese entered the war in late 1950, the Battalion earned is third Presidential Unit Citation for assaulting across the Han River, which culminated in the recapture of Seoul in April 1951. The Battalion redeployed to the Territory of Hawaii in 1954.
The First Wolfhounds arrived in South Vietnam in January 1966. During their five-year stay in Vietnam, the Wolfhounds were considered one of 25th Infantry Division's most effective units, earning a Valorous Unit Citation in 1967. Primarily operating from Chu Chi in the Tay Ninh Province, the Battalion participated in Operation Attleboro, Cedar Falls, Junction City, the '68 and '69 Tet Offensives, and the 1970 invasion of Cambodia. One of last of the 25th Infantry Division's units to depart Vietnam, the Wolfhounds arrived home in Hawaii in April 1971.
Since their return to Oahu, the 1st Battalion has deployed to Tinian, Guam, Korea, Thailand, Australia and Japan as well as the Training Centers in the continental United States. The Wolfhounds spearheaded relief operations on hurricane-ravaged Kauai in September 1992. Recently, the Wolfhounds deployed to Guam for Operation Pacific Haven where they provided security for Kurdish refugees from October to December 1996.
The Battalion proudly carries twenty-nine battle streamers and eleven citations on its colors. Its motto "NEC ASPERA TERRENT" translates to "FEAR NO DIFFICULTIES," but is commonly known as "NO FEAR ON EARTH."